Troop 23 chartered with First Presbyterian Church, Wheaton, Illinois and the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America on April 30, 1955 with 6 boys and 7 adult leaders.
The first Scoutmaster was Frank E. Jeffers Jr. Under his skillful and dedicated leadership the troop expanded in membership and purpose. By 1965 boy membership had increased to 65 and adult leadership to 15. Succeeding Scoutmasters, Committee leaders and Scout leaders have contributed to a scouting unit that consistently advances the aims of Scouting: to build character, to foster citizenship and to develop fitness.
Troop 23 participates in all phases of Scouting; both at the local and national levels. The Troop has participated in Comminity Service, International, National and World Jamborees, Northern Tier Boundary Waters Trips, Grand Canyon Hikes, Appalachian Trail, Pacific Cascade Mountain, Maine and Florida High Adventure Base Trips, Philmont Scout Ranch Treks, and annual summer camp programs.
Scouts who were in the Troop in its early years are now men serving our communities as responsible citizens in education, engineering, medicine, law and finance.
As Lord Baden Powell said, “Ambition to do the right thing is the only ambition that counts.”
Troop 23 continues to be committed to making a difference in the lives of the young men who are it’s members.